Lyon Arboretum celebrates National Public Lands Day

Lend a hand for 2nd annual volunteer cleanup on September 29

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Sep 19, 2007

HONOLULU - Lyon Arboretum joins this national volunteer effort to preserve America‘s public lands, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteer participants will assist Lyon Arboretum staff with garden trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, planting native Hawaiian plants, facility clean up, botanical signage and light weeding in the children‘s garden.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government spends $120 billion annually on the control and impact of more than 800 out-of-control invaders that pose a threat to the environment, economy, and human health. That doesn‘t include the value of biodiversity, aesthetics, soil erosion, water contamination and other hazards. Every volunteer who removes invasive species helps keep the toll from rising.

"Public lands serve all Americans, and National Public Lands Day provides a fun and educational opportunity for Americans to return the favor to those lands and the wildlife they harbor," said Robb Hampton, Director of National Public Lands Day.

Those interested in volunteering for this year‘s event should contact Richard Sears at the Lyon Arboretum at Learn more about National Public Lands Day at

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